April 21, 2014
|Thousands of rainbow trout await anglers at Trojan Pond (pictured above) where the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will host a family fishing event on Saturday, April 26.
CLACKAMAS Ore. — The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will host a free family fishing event at Trojan Pond from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 26.
A feature of the ODFW Outdoors Program, this free event is designed to introduce kids and their families to fishing. To ensure that everyone has a good chance of catching fish, ODFW will release 2,000 rainbow trout for this event. In addition, over the past three weeks ODFW has released an extra 6,500 trout at Trojan Pond, and many of those fish should still be available.
“We’ve put a lot of fish into Trojan this year so we encourage everyone to come out and join in the fun,” said Jeff Fulop, family fishing event coordinator for ODFW’s North Willamette Watershed District.
In addition to lots of hardy trout, ODFW will provide rods, reels and tackle and bait, on a first-come first-served basis. People are welcome to bring their own fishing gear if they prefer. Fishing instructors will be on site to answer questions and demonstrate effective fishing techniques.
“We want to make this as fun and easy as possible for everyone,” said Fulop. “These events give parents an opportunity to enjoy a day of fishing with the kids.”
The event is open to the public, and no pre-registration is required. Anglers 13 years old and younger do not need a fishing license. Anglers 14-17 years of age will need a juvenile fishing license, which can be purchased for $9 at any ODFW license agent, ODFW office or on-line at ODFW’s website. Everybody else must have an adult fishing license. Licenses will not be sold at the event so individuals planning to participate should obtain their licenses ahead of time.
Trojan Pond is one of more than 350 water bodies in Oregon that ODFW regularly stocks with trout. Persons interested in fishing can explore many other opportunities by perusing ODFW’s stocking schedules, maps, guides and other resources at ODFW’s website, located at www.dfw.state.or.us under the “Fishing” tab.
Trojan Pond is a 15-acre pond located approximately 4.5 miles southeast of Rainier on the north side of Hwy. 30 at the old Trojan nuclear facility site. The pond is located on the right side of the road as soon as you turn onto the Trojan Access Road.